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For immediate release: Alex Murphy
  DCI Public Information Officer
Investigative Operations
Iowa Department of Public Safety
Friday, December 10, 2010 amurphy@dps.state.ia.us
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GUARDIANS OF INNOCENCE: IOWA AWARDED MORE THAN $460,000 TO FIGHT SEXUAL PREDATORS TARGETING CHILDREN

Des Moines, IOWA --- With the support of Iowa’s two U.S. Attorneys, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s Cyber Crime and Sex Offender Registry Units have been awarded one-time federal grant monies totaling $468,990 to assist in investigating, arresting, and prosecuting sexual predators who target children.  The Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) was one of just 24 agencies across the country to receive the coveted COPS Child Sexual Predator Program Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

“We need to stay one step ahead of the criminals who prey upon our children.  This grant award will assist us in remaining up to date with changing technology and furthering our relationships with local agencies to do just that — stay one step ahead of the predators,” said DCI Special Agent in Charge Gerard Meyers.

The grant money will not only benefit DCI, but will be used to bolster the investigative and prosecutorial capabilities of the 91 local, affiliate agencies of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.  Officers in these agencies will see the dollars spent on:

  • Computer equipment and software for the investigation of on-line predators.
  • Overtime pay to allow officers to work when the predators are working: late at night and on weekends.
  • On-going training to gain insights into the latest technologies and methods necessary to detect and identify child predators.
  • Educational materials to assist in teaching Iowans how to keep their children and their communities safe from predators.

Receipt of this grant was supported by both of Iowa’s U.S. Attorneys, Nicholas A. Klinefeldt and Stephanie M. Rose.

“Nothing is more important than protecting our children,” said Stephanie Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa.  “These funds will help us get sexual predators off the streets and put them in prison where they belong.”

Nicholas A. Klinefeldt, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, agreed, stating, “The DCI does a terrific job investigating these cases.  This new grant, and our strong partnership with the DCI, will help us to continue to prioritize these cases.”
Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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